Ranieri sets 40-point target after Wembley defeat

Date published: Monday 8th August 2016 8:50

Claudio Ranieri has set his Leicester squad a target of 40 points as they defend their Premier League title this season.

Ranieri led the Foxes to one of the most unlikely top-flight title victories in the modern era, but has again set his players the target of simply avoiding relegation.

Leicester have struggled somewhat in pre-season, suffering heavy defeats to Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, and were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday.

Some claim they have been ‘found out’, but Matt Stead believes they have every chance of replicating their form in this upcoming season.

They begin the defence of their title at Hull on Saturday and boss Ranieri was pleased with their display.

He said: “I am very pleased with our performance, we are in pre-season and we played against a big team but we deserve, minimum, to play the penalty shoot-out. That’s football. When you have Zlatan Ibrahimovic you know he maybe doesn’t touch so many balls but he gets one right and he scores.

“I enjoyed and watched the same team as last season, only the result is against us. Before the match I asked for 120 per cent and they gave me 120 per cent.

“I am pleased with our performance. We are still in pre-season and we played against a big team.

“I think we at least deserved to play a penalty shoot-out, but this is football.

“40 points, 40 points. Don’t laugh.

“I will start (the season) with the same philosophy and humility. What Leicester have achieved has been fantastic but now 40 points is the target.

“Forty points is the target, then we will see how many months less to the end of the season.”

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